4 Lifestyle Habits That Worsen Back Pain

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb and Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD, FAAOS.

newsThe millions of people who experience some level of back pain – from occasional aches, to chronic discomfort – are encouraged to read the latest article by minimally invasive spine surgeon Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD, FAAOS, in which he reveals the four most common lifestyle habits that trigger back pain and destroy spine health.

“Back pain isn’t always the result of an injury,” commented Dr. Gleiber, who is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and a Spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. “Often, it’s the things people do – or neglect to do – in their daily lives that is the root cause of their pain and deteriorating spine health. Tragically, many of these people don’t even know the damage that they’re doing until the pain becomes unbearable, and they can no longer carry out their day-to-day tasks at home or at work.”

According to Dr. Gleiber, the four lifestyle habits that are causing the most back pain and spine injury are:

1. A sedentary lifestyle that is virtually devoid of exercise. This causes the muscles that support the spine to become weak, and in turn forces the vertebrae and discs to absorb extra stress.

jumpingrope2. Exercising strenuously only on the weekends, and doing little or no exercise the rest of the week (“Weekend Warriors”). This imposes excessive strain on the back and spine, which is not prepared or strong enough to absorb the shock – ultimately causing back pain and, ironically, greatly increasing the risk of injury.

3. Sitting down for several hours a day at work. Staying for prolonged periods of time in any single position is damaging to spine health. However, to make matters worse, most people who sit for many hours each day have incorrect posture; often because they are hunching forward to see their computer screen.

4. Regularly eating junk food, which often leads to weight gain and therefore puts extra stress on the spine. In addition, people who eat too much junk food are typically not getting the nutrients they need to keep their spine strong and healthy, such as Calcium and Vitamin D.

Added Dr. Gleiber: “The good news is that with commitment and the right guidance, people can create new, better lifestyle habits that not only alleviates and ideally eliminates their back pain, but vastly improves their overall health and wellness. For instance, people can start exercising at least three times a week to strengthen their core muscles, get up from their desk once an hour to stretch and walk around a bit, and muster up all of their willpower to make eating junk food an occasional indulgence rather than a regular occurrence.”

The full version of Dr. Gleiber’s latest article entitled “How Your Lifestyle Can Contribute to Back Pain” is available on his website at http://michaelgleibermd.com/news/lifestyle-can-contribute-back-pain.

Additional articles by Dr. Gleiber on spine health, back pain relief, effective exercising and more are available at http://michaelgleibermd.com/news.

About Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD

– Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD is a trusted expert in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery. He currently serves as Spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is a writer for The Huffington Post, and is frequently invited to provide his medical expertise in the media. Dr. Gleiber has been honored with multiple recognitions, including Castle Connolly Top Doctors for Spine Surgery, SuperDoctors of South Florida, Top 10 Spine Surgical Specialists Florida by Vitals.com, and is listed amongst Top 50 Spine Surgeon Leaders.

Learn more at http://michaelgleibermd.com

Four Ways That Watching TV Can Kill You Prematurely

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By Dr. Michael Wald

familytv1. The average American wastes years in the seated position. This can lead to increased death risk from heart attack and stroke. People should be mindful of standing periodically when watching TV; doing jumping jacks; push-ups; sit ups; stationary bike – anything that promotes circulation and involves increasing ones heart rate.

2. Sitting increases the risk of developing clots in the legs called deep vein thrombosis or DVTs – a condition that can result in death of lung tissue (pulmonary infarction), cerebral stroke and death. While sitting raising ones heels off the floor (both feet), either at the same or alternately, promotes venous drainage of blood in the feet and legs improving blood flow towards the heart; sluggish or pooled blood in the lower extremities can cause blood to coagulate (stick) forming clots (DVTs). These clots then can go to the heart, lungs and brain and cause life threatening health problems. Sitting with the feet elevated also decreases the risk of developing potentially deadly DVTs.

3. Sitting also promotes weight gain from a slowed metabolism. If one must sit, raising the arms above head alternately, or each arm one at a time, will speed up metabolic rate, burn calories and reduce all causes of premature morbidity and mortality. Sedentary living leads to increased cardiovascular risk; loss of muscle mass and tone; fat and water retention and even memory loss just to name a few hazards.

scale4. Prolonged sitting while watching TV promotes weight gain associated with increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels by increasing insulin levels. Hyperinsulinemia is a major cause of cardiovascular disease when associated with blood sugar problems. Eventually, prolonged inactivity such as TV watching will fatigue the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin, causing hypoinsulinemia (low insulin levels). This raises blood sugar and causes diabetes. Diabetes is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Put Down That Soda Or I’ll Shoot! – Part 2

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

sodaContinued from part 1 of this article…..

Which foods contain large amounts of sugar?

Sugar can be found in a wide variety of foods ranging from fruits to candy. It is important to determine the source of the sugar in your diet. Most of our sugar should come from fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, which contain natural sugars and also include vitamins and minerals.

Added sugar is found in items such as cakes, candy bars, sodas, and fruit juices. These items contain additional sweeteners in addition to the naturally occurring sugars. Foods with added sugars tend to be high in calories and low in vitamins and minerals.

What are the negative health effects of eating too much sugar?

A diet high in sugar can lead to weight gain, diabetes, nutrient deficiencies, cavities, and dental plaque.

Diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, loss of mobility, dependence on insulin and heart disease.

#3. Switching from sodas and sports drinks might initially foster some resistance because sodas are readily available everywhere, their enticing advertising brain washes us into thinking we’re cool if we drink them, and choosing an alternative requires that we go off automatic and think about our health. The solution: get creative and praise your family for making better health choices every time they do. Praise trumps a soda anytime.

– Choose infused water over sodas when shopping or dining out. Add mint, lemon, grapefruit or lime for a kick or use sliced cucumber or herbs for a more mellow taste.

– Select iced tea, (green, black, herbal, spicy, sweet) but not the bottled sugary, flavored ones. Pick a naturally brewed, unsweetened iced tea.

– Use seltzer or club soda with a splash of fruit juice for flavor and color.

– Choose iced coffee and make it with almond milk for sweetener.

– Store-bought smoothies and fruit drinks can be loaded with sugar, so make your own at home with ice, sugar free sparkling water, berries or melon and chopped mint.

– Low sodium broth is also a treat hot or iced in the summer.

Invite your family to participate in the switch from sodas to healthy drinks. Provide prizes for the most creative concoctions and post the recipes on your Face Book page. Be proud when anyone close to you makes a healthy choice and share the success with others. This one modification can save your family members future pain and disability.

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, earned her PhD. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. While earning her Doctorates in Natural Health and Naturopathy, she completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University. She is the author of 10 books. Her flagship company, Heart Easy, is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and great taste. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding. Learn more http://www.HeartEasy.com

Put Down That Soda Or I’ll Shoot! – Part 1

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

sodabottleGot your attention? Good because this is important. Drinking sodas can lead to death and disease, period. Just look at the data: A new study from Europe suggests that, Drinking one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by 22%.

• A recent study from France found a direct link between drinking diet soda (and regular soda) and increased risk for type 2 diabetes in women.

• Researchers say the increased risk of diabetes among sugar-sweetened soft-drink consumers in Europe mirrors that seen in a meta-analysis conducted in North America, which found a 25% increased risk of type 2 diabetes associated with a 12-oz daily increment of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.

• A larger, international study, reports that slurping back large amounts of sugary beverages was associated with an increased body-mass index (BMI), which in turn was linked with BMI-related deaths from diabetes, CVD, and cancer.

Specifically, the researchers found that in 2010, 132 000 deaths from diabetes, 44 000 deaths from CVD, and 6000 deaths from cancer in the world could be attributed to drinking sugar-sweetened soft drinks, fruit juice, or sports beverages.

Hellooooooo! Aren’t those statistics staggering? And yet, there are those among us who want to fight for the right to kill themselves with sugary soft drinks! Don’t be one of them.
“But my kids love sodas,” you cry. Well if you love your kids you’ll give them something different than the high fructose, corn-syrup infused OTC sodas, pops and juice drinks that cause disease.
The American Heart Association recommends that you consume no more than 450 calories (36 ounces) of sugar-sweetened beverages a week.

In the US, the watchdog group Centers for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has petitioned authorities to regulate sugar-sweetened beverages, saying they are hazardous to human health and need to be regulated.

Convinced yet?

Here’s how you can start the switch at home. It’s a simple 3-step process that can reduce your family’s vulnerability to type 2 diabetes, cardio vascular disease, cancer and obesity.

#1. Summon your family and tell them about the sugars and corn syrup hidden in sodas. Pull up this site and talk about it: http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm

#2. Discuss these points:

How is sugar used by the body?

Sugar gives the body energy. Actually, it is the only source of energy for the brain and red blood cells. Each gram of sugar contains 4 calories. Unlike complex carbohydrates, sugars are digested quickly and are easily broken down into glucose, which is then used for energy. If a lot of sugar is eaten at one time, blood sugar levels can spike, which can increase the risk for developing diabetes.

How much sugar do I need in my diet?

Limiting the amount of sugar in the diet is important to your health. Sugar should account for fewer than 10% of your daily calories. This equates to 200 calories of sugar (50g) for a person eating 2000 calories a day.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, earned her PhD. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. While earning her Doctorates in Natural Health and Naturopathy, she completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University. She is the author of 10 books. Her flagship company, Heart Easy, is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and great taste. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding. Learn more http://www.HeartEasy.com

Obesity Pill That Re-Wires Brain Into Feeling Full

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overweightmanFrom Your Health Journal…..”An interesting article from the Times of India entitled Soon, obesity pill that re-wires brain into feeling full. Scientists have gotten closer to developing a diet pill that can prevent obesity by “re-wiring” appetite control in the brain. A recent study has identified a population of stem cells capable of generating new appetite-regulating neurons in the brains of young and adult rodents. Scientists investigated the hypothalamus section of the brain – which regulates sleep and wake cycles, energy expenditure, appetite, thirst, hormone release and many other critical biological functions. The study looked specifically at the nerve cells that regulate appetite. This entire investigation could lead to many positive results in people who have a hard time reducing their calorie intake. In a day and age where obesity is causing people to become ill, and the worries about the rise in the cost of healthcare, this could lead to something positive. Let’s watch this closely to see how it turns out, and if it is entirely safe for humans. Please visit the Times of India web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. The Times of India is an excellent publication with many quality health articles.”

From the article…..

No more toiling hard in the gym to shed flab!

Scientists have inched closer to developing a new diet pill that can prevent obesity by “re-wiring” appetite control in the brain.

A new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, has identified a population of stem cells capable of generating new appetite-regulating neurons in the brains of young and adult rodents.

The discovery by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) could offer a long-lasting solution to eating disorders such as obesity.

Scientists investigated the hypothalamus section of the brain – which regulates sleep and wake cycles, energy expenditure, appetite, thirst, hormone release and many other critical biological functions. The study looked specifically at the nerve cells that regulate appetite.

The researchers used ‘genetic fate mapping’ techniques to make their discovery – a method that tracks the development of stem cells and cells derived from them, at desired time points during the life of an animal.

They established that a population of brain cells called ‘tanycytes’ behave like stem cells and add new neurons to the appetite-regulating circuitry of the mouse brain after birth and into adulthood.

“Unlike dieting, translation of this discovery could eventually offer a permanent solution for tackling obesity,” lead researcher Dr Mohammad K Hajihosseini, said.

To read the complete article…..Click here